Hyundai Artlab

Alejandro G. Iñárritu: CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible)

LACMA
2017
The Hyundai Project: Art + Technology at LACMA
Alejandro G. Iñárritu: CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu: CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible)
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Alejandro G. Iñárritu: CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible)

July 2 2017 – July 1 2018, LACMA

About the Exhibition

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s conceptual virtual reality installation CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) explored the human condition of immigrants and refugees. Bas...

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s conceptual virtual reality installation CARNE y ARENA (Virtually present, Physically invisible) explored the human condition of immigrants and refugees. Based on true accounts, the superficial lines between subject and bystander were blurred and bound together, allowing individuals to walk in a vast space and thoroughly live a fragment of the refugees’ personal journeys. CARNE y ARENA, presented at LACMA as part of The Hyundai Project: Art + Technology, was centered around a 6 ½-minute virtual reality sequence for one person that employed state-of-the-art immersive technology to create a multi-narrative light space with human characters. “During the past four years in which this project has been growing in my mind, I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing many Mexican and Central American refugees. Their life stories haunted me, so I invited some of them to collaborate with me in the project,” Iñárritu says. “My intention was to experiment with VR technology to explore the human condition in an attempt to break the dictatorship of the frame, within which things are just observed, and claim the space to allow the visitor to go through a direct experience walking in the immigrants’ feet, under their skin, and into their hearts.”

Alejandro G. Iñárritu (born in Mexico City, in 1963) is one of the most acclaimed and well-regarded filmmakers working today. Iñárritu directed and produced The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, which he co-wrote with Mark L. Smith. The film, a tale of revenge set against the harrowing backdrop of the 19th-century American frontier, was released in 2015 by 20th Century Fox and earned Iñárritu his second consecutive Academy Award for Best Director. Iñárritu had won the previous year for Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). The dark comedy, which Iñárritu also co-wrote and produced, took home the prize for Best Picture as well as earned honors for Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Iñárritu is the first Mexican filmmaker to ever win for either director or producer in the history of the Academy Awards. Other previous credits include the Spanish-language and Oscar-nominated Biutiful, Babel, for which Iñárritu won the Best Director Award at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, and the critically acclaimed 21 Grams, which earned nominations for Lead Actress (Naomi Watts) and Supporting Actor (Benicio del Toro). Iñárritu made his feature directorial debut in 2001 with Academy Award-nominated Amores Perros, a drama that explored Mexican society told through the perspective of three intertwining stories connected by a car accident in Mexico City.